Brazilian midfielder David Luiz had a casual supply from Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti earlier than selecting to return to Brazil with Flamengo.
Luiz hit the free agent market final summer season when his contract with Arsenal expired, and after hyperlinks to Benfica and Turkish aspect Adana Demirspor, the 34-year-old lastly determined to go again to his homeland and be part of Flamengo.
It was a low-profile transfer from Luiz, however he might have gone for one thing as a lot larger as Globo Esporte claims that the Brazilian defender truly talked to Ancelotti a few doable transfer to Madrid as a substitute.
It was Ancelotti who took step one and contacted Luiz to see if he could be all for switching to Real. The boss misplaced each Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane final summer season and was eager on a reunion with Luiz, whom he coached at Chelsea.
The downside for Real, nonetheless, was the shortage of locations exterior the EU of their squad. La Liga websites solely enable three gamers from the European Union of their squad, however on the Santiago Bernabeu these locations belong to Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao.
Ancelotti knew this and made it clear to Luiz, however it is claimed that the boss instructed that a spot might have opened for him if he was ready to attend and take the chance.
In the tip, Luiz refused to carry on and finally put paper on paper throughout a transfer to Flamengo and signed a contract for 18 months.
“I had a few different options where I could have chosen a quieter life, more peaceful, but I like to do what I feel in my heart,” Luiz mentioned throughout his presentation at Flamengo. “I returned to what God has made a purpose in my life and what I feel in my heart.”
Together with Real and Flamengo, Luiz had no scarcity of presents. Everton, West Ham, Benfica, Lazio, Marseille, Lille and Al-Rayyan have been all eager, however it was former employers Benfica who pressed hardest till the final minute.